Dairy-Free Chipotle Sauce

This creamy dairy-free chipotle sauce is just like your favorite aioli but vegan. Perfect for dipping or spreading on your favorite Mexican dish.I’ve got a two-part recipe to share with you guys in preparation for Cinco de Mayo next week. Today we’ve got this incredible dairy-free chipotle sauce (seriously it’s delicious) and on Tuesday we’ve got tacos using this vegan aioli wonder. I typically never line up my blog’s content with calendar holidays because I’m a disorganized hot mess so let’s just all take a moment to appreciate the seasonality and relevancy of today’s post. *pats self on back*

Tacos, burritos, nachos–all perfect matches for this vegan chipotle aioli sauce. But it also makes for an unreal dip for french fries or homemade potato wedges. And if you’re looking to assemble a Buddha bowl with a flavor kick, try drizzling it over your favorite roasted veggies and grains. Clearly there are tons of uses and it’ll keep well in the refrigerator all week. If you’re meal prepping this weekend, add this recipe to your list!

This creamy chipotle sauce is just like your favorite aioli but without the dairy. Perfect for dipping or spreading on your favorite Mexican dish.

Dairy-Free Chipotle Sauce

Yield: roughly 1 c

Dairy-Free Chipotle Sauce

Ingredients

  • 3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1 tsp of the adobo sauce
  • 2/3 c raw cashews, soaked
  • 1/2 c unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tbsp lime juice (juice from about 2 limes)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil (optional--increases the creamy texture)

Instructions

  1. Cover the cashews in filtered water in an airtight container and soak overnight. If you're in a pinch for time, cover with boiling water and let soak (uncovered) for an hour. Drain and pat dry.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a food processor or quality blender until smooth, scraping down sides as necessary. If too thick, add a little more almond milk.
  3. Store leftover sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a week.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Minimalist Baker

http://pumpsandiron.com/2017/04/30/dairy-free-chipotle-sauce/
This creamy chipotle sauce is just like your favorite aioli but without the dairy. Perfect for dipping or spreading on your favorite Mexican dish.Flavorful sauces and the right seasoning combinations can completely transform a meal. I’m by no stretch of the imagination a trained cook, but over the years I’ve come to realize that. I mentioned The Flavor Bible in a past My Favorite Things post (I have the Vegetarian version), and it’s been so helpful in creating sauces (like this dairy-free chipotle sauce!) and spice combos that actually work with the ingredients I have. It’s seriously become my holy grail in the kitchen. Highly recommend it to any other aspiring home chefs. 🙂
This creamy dairy-free chipotle sauce is just like your favorite aioli but vegan. Perfect for dipping or spreading on your favorite Mexican dish.

Stay tuned for Tuesday’s taco recipe! It was a huge hit in my apartment–granted that’s comprised of two people, but Joe is ridiculously picky so he carries a lot of weight. That’s what I tell myself anyway …

Creamy Almond Garlic Zoodles with Roasted Broccoli (Dairy-Free)

Zoodles and roasted broccoli in a creamy almond garlic sauce. This delicious recipe is dairy-free and perfect for your next Meatless Monday dinner.

A year and a half ago, I shared a recipe for a dairy-free creamy almond garlic sauce and today I want to show you one of my favorite ways to use it. Spiralized zucchini noodles FTW! These almond garlic zoodles with roasted broccoli make for a flavorful, healthy dinner or lunch. Sharing this recipe was also a great opportunity to go back and update the photography in the old sauce post–man has my understanding of lighting improved in the last couple years!

While the broccoli roasts, you’ll make the sauce on the stovetop so that everything can be mixed together at the end. From start to finish, it usually takes me 35-40 minutes to make this dish.

Zoodles and roasted broccoli in a creamy almond garlic sauce. This delicious recipe is dairy-free and perfect for your next Meatless Monday dinner. Zoodles and roasted broccoli in a creamy almond garlic sauce. This delicious recipe is dairy-free and perfect for your next Meatless Monday dinner.

Zoodles and roasted broccoli in a creamy almond garlic sauce. This delicious recipe is dairy-free and perfect for your next Meatless Monday dinner.

Creamy Almond Garlic Zoodles with Roasted Broccoli (Dairy-Free)

Yield: 2-4 servings depending on how hungry you are

Creamy Almond Garlic Zoodles with Roasted Broccoli (Dairy-Free)

Ingredients

  • 4 large zucchini
  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 white onion, minced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tbsp all purpose flour*
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (1 for roasting broccoli, 1 for sauce)
  • Salt + pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. While oven preheats, spiralize your zucchini. Gently pat the zoodles with a paper towel to remove excess water. Set aside.
  2. Cut florets off broccoli head. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper and spread on a pan (I like to line pan with parchment paper to make clean-up easier. Roast in the oven for 25-30 minutes.
  3. While broccoli roasts, prepare the almond garlic sauce: DIRECTIONS.
  4. During the final few minutes of the sauce simmering and reducing, add in the zoodles to the pan. Stir until completely coated and cook for 2-5 minutes, depending on how soft you want the zoodles. I typically only cook them a couple minutes until they're warmed through but not too soft.
  5. Stir in the broccoli and enjoy.
http://pumpsandiron.com/2017/03/12/creamy-almond-garlic-zoodles-with-roasted-broccoli-dairy-free/

Zoodles and roasted broccoli in a creamy almond garlic sauce. This delicious recipe is dairy-free and perfect for your next Meatless Monday dinner.

If you do Meatless Monday, this would be a great dish to make tomorrow (or any day). You can also customize by adding veggies of your choice to the roasting pan. I love this sauce in Buddha bowls as well: quinoa or brown rice, all my favorite roasted veggies, and almond garlic sauce smothering the whole yummy thing.

Hope you’re all having a great weekend! Mine has been uncharacteristically productive. Grocery shopping, workouts, apartment cleaning, getting ahead on work, cooking–who am I?! AN ADULT?! *gasp*

Lemon Mint Vinaigrette

Lemon Mint Vinaigrette

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mamas out there! This is kind of a lead-up post for tomorrow’s salad recipe that I’m admittedly only publishing separately for SEO (#bloglyfe). 😉

This lemon mint vinaigrette recipe is great as a dressing for citrus salads or as a marinade. The recipe as is will make you enough dressing for 3-4 big salads. If you want to store leftovers in your refrigerator, I’d double it. The sweetness of the honey is a great compliment to the zing of the lemon. If you’re vegan, I’d swap it with agave instead of omitting it. Lemon Mint Vinaigrette

Lemon Mint Vinaigrette

Yield: a little over 1/2 c

Lemon Mint Vinaigrette

Ingredients

  • 1/3 c extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 c lemon juice
  • 1/4 c fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Optional: 1/4 tsp lemon zest

Instructions

  1. Whisk everything together. Separation is normal with vinaigrettes; just give it a shake before using if it's been sitting.
  2. If you're adding the lemon zest, use a peeler or zester to remove a portion of the outer skin of one of lemons you juice (avoid the white pith). Mince it finely and add it in to the dressing.
  3. You can use it right away or store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. I think it tastes best when it soaks like this overnight.
http://pumpsandiron.com/2016/05/08/lemon-mint-vinaigrette/

Lemon Mint Vinaigrette

Enjoy what’s left of your weekend! I’ve got a redeye flight home from LA tonight … woof.

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